Michael Fenton

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With This Facebook Like, I Hereby Acknowledge That You Got Married

Hello, my old college acquaintance. It’s been a long time. I just thought I’d stop by and like a picture from your wedding, thereby acknowledging that you got married. There—<i>like.</i> I did it.<p>With this like, I acknowledge that you had a boyfriend who is now your husband. I also acknowledge that you …

Weddings

What It’s Like to Wallow in Your Own Facebook Data

For the past 13 years, I’ve given the platform my photos, my videos, my likes, and untold hours of my time. Sifting through it all was amusing and surprising—and weirdly sad.<p>I found my way to the Download Your Information tool in late March, soon after a whistle-blower revealed that the …

Social Media

Relax, Boomers: Socialism Is Good Now

It's going to be OK.<p>It’s a shame that Merwin K. Hart’s life has drifted into obscurity, because in his prime he was a real dazzler, one of the brightest stars from the Golden Age of American Paranoia.<p>In the 1940s and 1950s, Hart ran an organization called The National Economic Council. Neither a …

Middle-class

Trump is what happens when postmodernism goes too far, Michiko Kakutani argues

Courtesy Tim Duggan Books<p>In Michiko Kakutani’s new book, <i>The Death of Truth</i>, out July 17 from Tim Duggan Books, the former chief book critic of the New York Times puts forward an intriguing argument: The American right’s discarding of truth is a descendent of the postmodern movement, which ruled …

Donald Trump

“Urgency bias” is killing your productivity

We often deceive ourselves into believing that getting X done now will give us the freedom for Y later, when in reality we let too many other tasks flood in. Quick as it may seem we can knock them off our to-do list, these minor chores sneakily steal our attention. If they feel urgent, we’re …

Time Management

The lost art of patience

We all expect instant gratification – and it’s politics that’s suffering<p>I’m losing my patience. Not so long ago I’d happily wait ten minutes for a bus, or even whole days for the next instalment of my favourite television programme. It didn’t seem to bother me in the slightest that my holiday …

Donald Trump is the most un-American president in living memory | Richard Wolffe

When it comes to immigration … he clearly thinks that stability can only be purchased at the expense of liberty<p>Since its earliest days, America has prided itself on having a government of laws, not of men.<p>The driving idea of John Adams was written into the Massachusetts constitution – the model for …

Donald Trump

Support for Britain’s exit from the EU is waning

AN EXPECTED 100,000 people will march on Parliament Square in London on June 23rd to demand a “people’s vote” on Britain’s relationship with the …

America Alone?

A bitter end to the G7 summit could have consequences for America’s alliances.<p>This weekend, President Donald Trump has called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “meek and mild,” “dishonest & weak.” Larry Kudlow, Trump’s top economic adviser, accused Trudeau of a “betrayal.” Trump also retracted …

Tariffs

One Last Piece of Life Advice from Anthony Bourdain

Listening back through my tapes from interviewing Bourdain in 2016, I found a gem.<p>A few days before Christmas 2016, former MUNCHIES Editor-in-Chief Helen Hollyman and I shared the experience of interviewing Anthony Bourdain at Bemelmans Bar here in New York City. We recorded for nearly four hours, …

White People Are Noticing Something New: Their Own Whiteness

Being white in America has long been treated, at least by white people, as too familiar to be of much interest. It’s been the default identity, the cultural wallpaper — something described, when described at all, using bland metaphors like milk and vanilla and codes like “cornfed” and …

Race & Ethnicity

Why are Americans so sad?

Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide—Kate Spade, a tremendous entrepreneur, …

What happened when I forced my American colleagues to take coffee breaks

I remember my first day of work in New York, when I moved here in the mid-00s from Vancouver. I sat in my cubicle at a financial magazine, working, but also mindful of a colleague who sat to my left, visible through frosted glass. I waited for an opening to chat and maybe go for coffee, but at some …

Penguin Random House

The Most Honest Out-of-Office Message

What if you deleted all your emails during vacation and never looked back?<p>Some weeks ago, I emailed a professor to ask for an interview for a story. Seconds later, I got his out-of-office response.<p>“I am out of the office and expect to have only infrequent email access,” the message said. Pretty …

Productivity

10 key findings about religion in Western Europe

Most Christians in Western Europe today are non-practicing, but Christian identity still remains a meaningful religious, social and cultural marker. …

Quitting Instagram taught me how to truly experience and document my life again

I was born in 1996, making me one of the older members of GenZ, or “iGen”—a generation defined by (and often critiqued for) its dependency on smartphones and the internet. I joined Facebook and Instagram in high school, and the platforms have had a huge influence on my life’s social dynamics since …

Social Media

Iceland is a gun-loving country with no shooting murders since 2007

REYKJAVIK, Iceland — Like many of his countrymen, Olaf Garðar Garðarsson is eager to get his hands on a rifle.<p>But he can't just walk into a store and buy one. Instead, he is sitting through a mandatory four-hour lecture on the history and physics of the firearm.<p>This is Iceland — the gun-loving …

Guns

The Rage of the Incels

Incels aren’t really looking for sex. They’re looking for absolute male supremacy.<p>Lately I have been thinking about one of the first things that I ever wrote for the Internet: a series of interviews with adult virgins, published by the Hairpin. I knew my first subject personally, and, after I …

Feminism

Taiwan is showing China what it means to be a modern, inclusive country

Taiwan was once considered an economic miracle. Now economic progress there has slowed to a halt as China, Taiwan’s imposing neighbor, grows bigger by the day.<p>But in terms of social progress, Taiwan is decades ahead—showing people in China that a modern, multicultural, and tolerant Chinese society …

China

Want To Understand Straight Incels? Talk To This Gay One.

Erik's radicalization shows that the incel phenomenon has nothing to do with sex — duh — and everything with entitlement.<p>Last winter, Erik sent a message to 20 of his least favorite porn stars, YouTube celebrities and “Insta-gays.”<p>“So are you like a real person or just another shallow empty fuckboy …

At a Private Meeting in Illinois, a Group of Evangelicals Tried to Save Their Movement from Trumpism

In February, more than two thousand mourners gathered under an enormous white tent in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the funeral of the evangelist Billy Graham. The guests included President Trump, Vice-President Pence, and scores of evangelical leaders from around the world. The mood was …

Real People Are Turning Their Accounts Into Bots On Instagram — And Cashing In

Verified accounts turning themselves into bots, millions of fake likes and comments, a dirty world of engagement trading inside Telegram groups. Welcome to the secret underbelly of Instagram.<p>In late February, an Instagram account called Viral Hippo posted a photo of a black square. There was …

Say Goodbye To The Information Age: It’s All About Reputation Now

In a world of fake news, the only antidote is our ability to judge the reputation of the people supplying us with information.<p>There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of information that …

Republicans Beginning to Regret Having No Agenda

“We can’t just talk about Neil Gorsuch and tax cuts from here to November.”<p>“Our fate is tied directly to this simple sentence: ‘Do middle-class voters think the tax bill helps them or not?’ That’s the most important factor for the midterm—period. End of story,” a Republican strategist told <b>David</b> …

Why I Left The U.S. 20 Years Ago... And Why I Won't Be Coming Back

In hindsight, growing up in white, middle-class suburbia in 1980s America was kind of like being brainwashed. I grew up believing that having money was an objective to strive for and that life was a ruthless competition. I worked hard in school and got a good job because that was what was expected …

Gun Control

The Difference Between Social Anxiety And Introversion, In 4 Comics

Loving alone time is different from a mental health condition.<p>Introversion and social anxiety are often conflated, whether it’s in people’s minds or in memes on the internet. Here’s the reality: Preferring alone time is not the same as living with a mental health condition.<p>Introversion (the …

Depression

Americans Startled by Spectacle of President Who Can Speak English

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who were watching television on Wednesday morning witnessed the startling spectacle of an English-speaking President, viewers have confirmed.<p>All of the major cable news networks interrupted their regularly scheduled programs to cover the phenomenon, as a …

Anthony Bourdain’s Journey Deep Into the Heart of Trump Country: ‘I Was Utterly Disarmed’

The ‘Parts Unknown’ host discusses his upcoming West Virginia episode, why he won’t be filming in Russia and Turkey anymore, and how Trump is going …

“A Quiet Place” perfectly captures humanity’s tense relationship with noise

The new film <i>A Quiet Place</i> is an edge-of-your-seat tale about a family struggling to avoid being heard by monsters with hypersensitive ears. Conditioned by fear, they know the slightest noise will provoke a violent response—and almost certain death.<p>Audiences have come out in droves to dip their toes …

This Is What A World Without Smartphones Looks Like

Green Bank, West Virginia, is home to the country’s National Radio Quiet Zone. That means no cell service, no Wi-Fi, and no radio waves.<p>In the woods of rural West Virginia, there’s a town that technology forgot. Green Bank is a small village nestled in a valley of the Appalachians where, in the …